A new pilot project for student educational support entitled “Koinoniko Frontistirio” (study groups with a professor) will be launched in the last quarter of the current school year, as announced on Friday by Symeon Kedikoglou, Deputy Minister of Education and Religious Affairs. “It’s an innovative project that will support families who don’t have the financial means to hire a private tutor to help their children,” stated Kedikoglou.
The pilot will be launched this year in selected cities, and if successful will be officially implemented. The project has a dual role. To employ recently graduated but unemployed teachers under 30-years-of-age, as well as those teachers who have been out of work for longer, based on the records of the Greek Manpower Organization (OAED). Crucially it will provide educational support to students facing serious economic difficulties. The criteria for a student to be included in the program will be formulated in the next few months.
“Koinoniko Frontistirio” will be launched in high schools, with small study groups of less than 10 students in order to provide one-to-one tutoring. The selection of teachers will be based on the lists of substitute teachers and the project will be funded by the National Strategic Reference Framework (ESPA) for Greece.
The Deputy Minister said that he will also try to fund and implement the so-called “Supplementary Teaching Program” for the next school year. He hopes to be able to develop both programs in order to improve the Greek educational system, to support students in need and to offer jobs to newly graduated and long-term unemployed teachers.